AP Comparative Government and Politics syllubus

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					                       AP Comparative Government and Politics
                                     Syllabus

                               (Tentative July 23, 2003)


Unit One: What is a country? A nation? A state?

       Text: Roskin
              Chapter 1 pp.1-17
       Define key terms p18 submit at Unit Test

       Discuss themes of course

       Read: Annual Editions Comparative Politics 03/04 or “AE”
             p. 61 #14 Political Parties: Empty Vessels?
             p. 64 #15 Interest Groups: Ex Uno, Plures
             p. 90 #21 The Gavel and the Robe

Unit Two: International Institutions and Agreements

      Topics: WTO, NATO, EU, UN, OPEC, NAFTA, G8, IMF, World Bank, AU,
Olympics

       Read: AE p 103 #24 A Constitution for Europe
             AE p 109 # 26 In Search of Europe’s Borders: The Politics of Migration in
             the European Union

       Simulation: Model United Nations Spratly Islands, Kashmir, or Nigeria crisis

Unit Three: Russia

Impact of the Past
        Revolution
Key Institutions
        Communist Party
        Russian Republic
Political Culture
Patterns of Interaction
Conflicts

       Text: Roskin
              Ch 17 p236-257
               Ch 18 p253-265
               Ch 19 p267-277
               Ch 20 p279-289
               Ch 21 p291-303

       Read: AE #28 p117 Ten Myths about Russia…
              AE # 29 p129 Deepening Russian Democracy

       Internet: users.aimnet.com/~ksyrah/ekskurs/ruspol (working on proper address)

       Economist: Political Forces
       Economist: States Within the State
       Economist: A Russian Coronation




Unit Four: Great Britain

Impact of the Past
Key Institutions
Political Culture
Patterns of Interaction
Conflicts

       Text: Roskin
              Ch 2 p20-33
              Ch 3 p34-47
              Ch 4 p49-59
              Ch 5 p61-71
              Ch 6 p73-84

       Internet Activity: British Party Research

       Read: AE p18 #2 The Second Term: Ton’s Big Ambitions
              AE p24 #5 Second Place Up For Grabs, Kennedy Believes

       Internet: www.ukpol.co.uk/

Unit Five: France

Impact of the Past
Key Institutions
Political Culture
Patterns of Interaction
Conflicts
       Text: Roskin
              Ch 7 p86-101
              Ch 8 p103-117
              Ch 9 p118-131
              Ch 10 p 133-145
              Ch 11 p 147-159

       Read: Economist A Divided Self

       Paper Activity: How can the French be both very patriotic, yet, extremely
skeptical of their government?

       Internet: http://www.elysee.fr/ang/

Unit Six: Germany

       Text: Roskin
              Ch 13 p179-193

       Discuss Key Institutions

       Simulation Activity: Mock Election and Coalition Formation

       Read: AE p46 #10 Germany Adrift: The New Germany

       Internet: http://eng.bundesregierung.de/frameset/index.jsp


Unit Seven: China

Impact of the Past
Key Institutions
Political Culture
Patterns of Interaction
Conflicts

       Text: Roskin
              Ch 27 p 376-406

       Read: AE p159 #35 Intimations of Mortality
              AE p166 #37 Politics and Reform: The Middle Class Waits in the Wings

       Movie Activity: “To Live”, complete paper
       Internet:

       Economist : Seeds of Change?

Unit Eight: Nigeria

Impact of the Past
Key Institutions
Political Culture
Patterns of Interaction
Conflicts


       Text: To Be Determined

       Read: AE p157 #34, Africa’s Contradiction:: Nigeria on the Path to Democracy
       Economist: The Attractions of Sharia
       Economist: Can Obasanjo Save Nigeria?
       Economist: Economic Theory, African Reality
       Economist: Never Apologize, Never Explain

       Internet: www.africanews.org/west/nigeria/


http://europa.eu.int/
http://www.pbs.org/weta/faceofrussia/
http://www.nato.int/
http://www.explore.parliament.uk/
http://www.premier-ministre.gouv.fr/en/
http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/infonation/e_infonation.htm